A year after the murder of George Floyd and a summer in which businesses declared themselves to stand for racial justice, many of those promises remain unfulfilled. Companies fail to hold themselves accountable for a number of reasons, ranging from a disbelief in the fundamental problem of racial inequity to realities about how hard it can be to pinpoint certain inequitable behaviors.
There is a fine line between appropriation and appreciation. There are many ways to truly honor and appreciate each of the 566 unique, federally recognized tribes in the US, and that includes adorning your kid’s toes in some comfy mocs (but not their head in a headdress).
“Just a reminder: the system in what is currently known as the US isn’t ‘broken.’ It was designed by male white supremacist slaveowners on stolen Indigenous land to protect their interests. It’s working as it was designed.” ~Dr. Adrienne Keene (Cherokee)
Until recently, I’d never really acknowledged my experiences of racism as an Asian-American woman growing up and living in the United States. On the back of the shocking recent escalation of violence and online hate against the AAPI community, everything has changed for me.